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Creamed Chipped Beef

Creamed Chipped Beef is another name for comfort food! Featuring slices of beef smothered in ultra creamy white sauce. Serve chipped beef on toast or rice (my favorite!).

Image of plate of creamed chipped beef over rice.

In honor of Valentine’s Day I’m sharing one of my family’s most loved dinner recipes.

This cream chipped beef is quick, easy and crave-worthy!

We love affordable comfort foods that can be whipped up with little effort like Meatballs and Gravy or Sardines in Tomato Sauce.

Image of Buddig beef slices.

What is chipped beef?

Thin slices of beef smothered in white sauce. Commonly served over toast.

It makes a quick dinner or a wonderful breakfast.

There are many different names for this dish: chipped beef, cream chip beef, creamed chipped beef, chipped beef on toast.

It was a frequent meal for the US Military who fondly called it SOS, which can mean Shit on a Shingle or Same Ol’ Stuff.

In the 40’s and 50’s this was originally made with slices of salty dried beef.

It was a cheap alternative to fresh meat and a great way to feed a family on a budget.

These days dried beef is hard to find and quite expensive.

I found some Hormel and Armour dried beef on Amazon, but for the price it’s not worth the novelty.

If you do use dried beef, give it a rinse in cold water to remove some of the excess salt.

We exclusively use Buddig beef, which you can find in the deli aisle of just about every grocery store with other luncheon meats.

It’s very inexpensive and has just the right flavor without being too salty.

You can use any beef you like. A lot of folks even use ground beef!

The white sauce is a simple béchamel sauce, or milk gravy, thickened with flour. It’s very similar to making Biscuits & Country Sausage Gravy.

Cream chipped beef in a skillet.

What to Serve with Chipped Beef

It’s usually served on toast, but we actually prefer white rice.

You can serve with mashed potatoes, noodles, hash browns, scrambled eggs, biscuits, Texas toast or whatever is convenient for you.

Mom always served this with a green vegetable on the side, which we hurried and ate so we could savor the good stuff!

Now that I’m older I realize any vegetable smothered in gravy tastes delicious.

Try adding a quick frozen vegetable, such as spinach, peas or carrots, to make it a complete meal.

Lastly, if you like things spicy serve with your favorite hot sauce to dash on top.

Plate of chipped beef over rice with steamed broccoli.


  • Buddig beef – this beef is not dried, but since we’re not in Army times dry-preserved meat is unnecessary. Buddig has the perfect flavor and is not too salty.
  • Milk – the creamy base to chipped beef.
  • Butter – to make the roux which thickens the gravy.
  • Flour – to thicken the gravy.
  • Garlic powder – a quick dash of flavor.
  • Black pepper – large cracks of fresh pepper complement the white gravy perfectly. Use cayenne if you want a little spice.

How to Make Chipped Beef

In a large skillet melt the butter over medium-low heat.

Sprinkle with flour and stir to make a paste. Keep stirring so the flour can cook but not turn brown.

Step by step collage of making a roux.

Slowly add in the milk, whisking constantly to remove any lumps. Tip: if your milk is room temperature or warmed up, you’re less likely to get lumps.

Season with black pepper and garlic powder.

Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally so the gravy doesn’t burn on the bottom.

Step by step collage of making creamed chipped beef.

It will thicken as it starts to bubble.

Stir in the beef and continue cooking until heated through.

Taste and season with additional pepper, garlic or salt, if needed.

Serve over one of the options listed above.

Plate of chipped beef over rice with steamed broccoli.

Creamed Chipped Beef

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Slices of beef smothered in a simple white sauce makes a quick and delicious dinner. Serve on toast or rice!


  • 8 oz sliced beef*
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2-2 1/2 cups milk**
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Toast or rice, for serving


  1. Cut the beef into 1/2-inch strips, and then cut the strips into 1-inch pieces; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet melt the butter over medium-low heat.
  3. Sprinkle with flour and stir to make a paste. Keep stirring so the flour can cook about 1-2 minutes, but not turn brown.
  4. Slowly add in 2 cups of the milk, garlic powder and pepper, whisking constantly to remove any lumps.
  5. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally so the gravy doesn’t burn on the bottom. It will thicken as it starts to bubble, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Stir in beef. Simmer for an additional 2 minutes to infuse the beef flavor with the sauce.
  7. Taste and add salt, if needed, or thin with additional milk to your liking.
  8. Serve over toast or rice.


*Recommended brand: Buddig beef (4 packets).

**Tip: warm the milk in the microwave to ensure a smooth, lump-free sauce.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 20g

Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.

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Friday 8th of March 2024

Love this recipe! I’ve made it for years, but hadn’t used the garlic powder. It really adds a lot to the flavor! If you’re cooking for more than two people, the recipe should at least be doubled.

Jeff the Chef @ Make It Like a Man!f

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

This is certainly the classic version of this dish. When I was a kid, my mom used to make a version with hamburger instead of chipped beef.

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